Amy Stein at the HMNH

A reminder for interested locals:

Friday, January 22, 4:00 pm
Artist’s Exhibition Opening Talk by Amy Stein. Visual artist Amy Stein will talk about her unique process of creating and photographing modern dioramas based upon actual news accounts of encounters between humans and wildlife in rural Pennsylvania. Free with museum admission.

Saturday, January 23, 2:00 pm
Coyote at the Kitchen Door: A conversation with Stephen DeStefano & Amy Stein. Wildlife biologist Stephen DeStefano’s newest book, Coyote at the Kitchen Door, and the work of photographer Amy Stein both address the blurred boundary between human life and wildlife in modern society. Bears, deer, fox, coyote and birds are increasingly encroaching upon areas considered to be ‘ours’. They’ll discuss how they approach this intersection, each from their own perspective. Booksigning to follow. 2 pm. Free with museum admission. *

I’m not sure which of the two events I’m going to go to – I really can’t do both. Hmmmmm…

Bruce Sterling: The Hypersurface of this Decade

Simultaneously hilarious and mind-expanding (one of my favorite combinations).

Freedom is just another word for nothing! There is no dead weight in my urban spatiality. No clotted semiotics, cajoling me to behave in the stereotyped haute-bourgeois manner that Deirdre once used to stifle me.

Dematerialisation is defined by its interfaces. That which was product will become a service. That which was a service will accelerate at warp speed toward de-monetisation on the Path-to-Free. So this is not so much a post-divorce flat as a vibrant zone of interactive transaction.

Bruce Sterling: The Hypersurface of this Decade | ICON MAGAZINE ONLINE.

Signs of spring in the office

The timer that controls the vivarium lights is set to mimic day length at 15 degrees north. Days have been getting longer and at least one of the orchids is responding – the Maxillaria variabilis. I noticed the bloom in the orchid viv and went looking in the big viv – a blossom there too! Sadly, no activity in the yard; everything is under between 2 inches and 4 feet (we’ve had a lot of wind) of the white stuff.